Sometimes I find a song that becomes my anthem for awhile. Right now my anthem is “I Believe” by Christina Perri (click here for the video). I stumbled across this song a few weeks ago, and I’ve listened to it on repeat every couple days. The lyrics hold so much truth in them, and different lines stick out to me each time I listen to the song.
It’s become increasingly important to me to know my truth, and “I Believe” is a reminder of many of the beliefs I hold dear. (When I say “my truth,” I am referring to simple beliefs that guide the way I live.) Most of the time, I live with joy and gratitude. But I must be honest– there are days that I do not follow my truth. On those days, I tell myself hurtful, untrue things about my purpose and worth. I have fought hard to become the person that I am, but each day I must choose to live my truth. Living with joy and gratitude is a daily decision.
Chronic illness does not change the core of who I am. It certainly affects the way I live my life, but it doesn’t have to take me away from my truth. Here are some of the things that I must remind myself to believe and practice every day:
- Gratitude enriches my life. I need to take time to be grateful for the things that make my life better.
- There is always hope.
- Everyone needs kindness, both from other people and from themselves.
- Joy and happiness are different. I can always choose joy, even when life is tough.
- Being brave doesn’t mean that I am unafraid. Brave people choose hope when they’re afraid.
- Love is stronger than fear.
- A messy life can be beautiful.
- I do not have to be perfect to be loved.
- Every person has worth, no matter what.
- I must be part of the change I want to see around me.
- Compassion and empathy empower me to live an abundant life.
I would be excited to hear how your life is affected by the truths that you hold close to you. We all have something to teach to those around us.